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The flowers have started to bloom and the sun is finally showing up! The clock has advanced by an hour and also, the spring term is finally over!

However, being at Imperial, there is always something to keep you on your toes. This does not mean that you cannot have a break, it is just that the time seems to move pretty quickly. I cannot believe that the second half of my final year is already halfway done. This means that I only have three months left before the completion of my undergraduate studies.

Studying both biochemistry and business management at university is something I would not have thought about before. I was also unaware that it is actually possible to do so since many universities only offer purely science courses.

There are only a few universities in the UK that offer the opportunity to undertake business studies as a part of the course, and this includes Imperial – and I am glad I choose to come to Imperial.

Why do science with management?

Many have realised that science and business management are interdependent. You cannot segregate one from the other. Research funding is translated into knowledge, and that knowledge is then rendered into daily applications, which generates revenues. The revenues are then used to fund another research project, forming a complete cycle.

Studying management has made me understand that while it is important to be a knowledgeable scientist, it is also as important that the knowledge is communicated and is made accessible to the general public. Melissa Marshall in her Ted Talk presentation “Talk Nerdy to Me”, has explained that making ideas accessible is not the same as dumbing it down.

My course mates and I have recently started our Marketing module. Through this module, we are learning about how to be a good communicator, and how to elicit interest towards a market offering, which is definitely applicable to communicating science. Another module of interest is Innovation Management, where we learn not only the crucial aspect of innovation, but also the necessity of managing the people involved in it. This relates back to our module from the previous term – Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.

Imperial’s strength lies on that its teaching staff are also key industry players. I am excited knowing that the Finance lecturer also works at the Bank of England. This gives us the opportunity to not only comprehend the theoretical aspect of the module, but also to recognise and be exposed to the examples of everyday applications of what we are learning.

Even though the timetable might seem tight, it is always a good idea to take a step back and enjoy the present. There is always something to do in London. Being a bookworm, I am currently planning a bookshop crawl!

What do you think might be a good way to spend the spring break?

Farah binti Hamdan is studying on our Joint Honours programme.

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